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Bio Mapping: Annotating The Environment With Emotional Data
November 13, 2006 6:42 AM   Subscribe

The Bio Mapping tool allows the wearer to record their Galvanic Skin Response, which is a simple indicator of emotional arousal, in conjunction with their geographical location. By sharing this data we can construct maps that visualise where we as a community feel stressed and excited.
posted by jack_mo (16 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oops, I forgot to say that this is via The Map Room.
posted by jack_mo at 6:52 AM on November 13, 2006


Fun fact: GSR is also a physiological correlate of lucid dreaming.
posted by Eideteker at 7:35 AM on November 13, 2006


whoa
posted by Miko at 7:37 AM on November 13, 2006


I smell scientologists.
posted by IronLizard at 7:47 AM on November 13, 2006


Interesting how this could be used for law-enforcement/spying/narcotics raids/what_have_you. The places where drug deals go down, where illicit sex is gotten and/or had, etc. probably have high levels of arousal (yachtclub sneaky drink = speakeasy?). Rather than cruise the whole neighborhood, police could cross-reference maps like these with suspected places of ill repute and target them for surveillance/harrassment. Scary. I wonder how the signal to noise on something like that would be.

On preview, also interesting to think how fast food/grocery stores/and_the_like could take advantage of this on a smaller scale, to track exactly where in the store you were when you got the impulse to buy whatever it is they're selling you. Was it when you looked at the poster? Or was it when you saw the previous customer's food order with its delicious presentation? "Can anybody tell me what's wrong with this picture? "
posted by Eideteker at 7:53 AM on November 13, 2006


Just add Google, and you've got a lie detector for the masses.
Will this tell us when we're fed up with invasion of privacy?
Because I want to know.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:28 AM on November 13, 2006


We call it the Voigt-Kampf for short.
posted by porpoise at 10:03 AM on November 13, 2006


Interesting how this could be used for law-enforcement/spying/narcotics raids/what_have_you.

Yeah, I can see a lot of criminals signing up to wear a combined galvanic skin response 'n' GPS device to supply the cops with their data ;-)

On preview, also interesting to think how fast food/grocery stores/and_the_like could take advantage of this on a smaller scale, to track exactly where in the store you were when you got the impulse to buy whatever it is they're selling you.

They pretty much do that already via eye-tracking.
posted by jack_mo at 10:33 AM on November 13, 2006


Shouldn't this be linked to sunglasses that turn black when your stress levels get too high?
posted by blue_beetle at 10:42 AM on November 13, 2006


Interesting idea- but I wish the information presented in the maps was a bit more than "someone walked here; in this spot their readings went up and in this other spot they went down". At what scale are the GSRs mapped? In what time frame? Does the highest peak on a given path correlate to "imminent heart attack" or something less nerve-wracking?

Perhaps the Greenwich Emotion Map Website is more informative; unfortunately, it failed to load.
posted by oneirodynia at 11:04 AM on November 13, 2006


emotionmap.net appears to have fallen victim to the forces of mefi. coral cache isn't resolving either. fwiw, here's the google cache.
posted by moonbird at 11:13 AM on November 13, 2006


"how was your day, honey?"

"Check the graph"
posted by Sparx at 1:00 PM on November 13, 2006 [1 favorite]


Is this something one could wear where one could tell if the other person was attracted, but only if you both were... to each other?? Wouldn't that be nice?
posted by swlabr at 4:02 PM on November 13, 2006


Is this something one could wear where one could tell if the other person was attracted, but only if you both were... to each other?? Wouldn't that be nice?

Unless it never went off. Come to think of it, I guess I could pretend I have one now.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 3:47 AM on November 14, 2006


hahaha :)
that is funny, true, but funny.... tragicom!
posted by swlabr at 3:07 PM on November 14, 2006



Unless it never went off. Come to think of it, I guess I could pretend I have one now.

hahaha :)
that is funny, true, but funny.... tragicom!
posted by swlabr at 3:09 PM on November 14, 2006


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